As you may have surmised I have been promoting, Unraveling U.S. Health Care-A Personal Guide, without an agent, and for a publisher lacking a significant promotional budget. So far my book tour is a tale of two cities, but I am willing to expand on request. I have been speaking at libraries, the pathways to democracy. and book stores (thank you University Book store). to sparse turn outs. It usually takes me about two days to recover from the downer of the meager attendance, but I persist. Though my book has been embraced by experts in law, medicine, and journalism, it is the public acceptance I seek, for the book is written for the average consumer. And, to that end, here is what the Library Journal has to say about it all.
Guaranteed access to basic health care continues to fuel debate across the United States. As politicians and insurance providers struggle for a workable solution, the American population continues to be divided between the insured and uninsured—the “haves” and the “have-nots.” Despite this distinction, however, all would benefit from knowing exactly what health-care options are available. Winter, an independent consultant, has successfully crafted a guide that is entirely consumer focused. Whereas Nortin M. Hadler’sCitizen Patient: Reforming Health Care for the Sake of the Patient, Not the System is an authority for health-care providers and policymakers, Winter’s work is written in a style that is understandable to the general public. It aims to educate consumers of American health care, providing relevant information and offering sound solutions, thereby reducing costs in the long run. Statistics and facts serve to debunk health-care myths; plentiful citations represent current data. The result is a well-documented road map addressing issues that range from consumers who lack health insurance to those engaging in medical tourism. Lists of suggested care units by state are consistent with the book’s consumer focus. VERDICT Highly recommended for anyone who seeks quality health care and for those who are serious about improving the current system. (Library Journal)